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City of Buje
Grad Buje - Città di Buie[1]
Flag of Buje
Buje is located in Croatia
Location of Buje in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°25′N 13°40′E / 45.417°N 13.667°E / 45.417; 13.667Coordinates: 45°25′N 13°40′E / 45.417°N 13.667°E / 45.417; 13.667
Country  Croatia
County Zastava Istarske županije.svg Istria
 • Mayor Fabrizio Vižintin (IDS)
Population (31 March 2011)
 • Town 5,182
 • Urban 2,671
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Website www.buje.hr

Buje (Italian: Buie) is a town situated in Istria, Croatia's westernmost peninsula.

Buje was known as the "sentinel of Istria" for its hilltop site located 10 km (6.21 mi) inland from the Adriatic Sea. It still commands an excellent panorama.


Buje has a rich history; traces of life in the region date back to prehistoric times. The town developed from a Roman and Venetian settlement into a medieval town. Buje was part of the Republic of Venice from 1358 until 1797, and was part of unified Italy from 1918 to 1945. It was within the Socialist Republic of Croatia, part of communist Yugoslavia, from 1945 to 1991.

A Baroque style church from the 16th century, built on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple, dominates the central square. The old city was protected with stone fortifications, part of which have been preserved to modern times. With its narrow streets and a central square, the old town is a fine example of Medieval architecture with strong Venetian Renaissance architecture influences, as in the rest of the region.

After World War II Buje developed into an industrial, cultural, and economic center of this region of northwestern Yugoslavia.


Buje has become a modern regional center, and outside of the old town center a modern city has sprung. Despite its development, the city has retained some features from its historical periods.

Being situated on a hill, the old town section offers views of the surrounding scenery, dominated by Mediterranean flora, vineyards, and olive groves.

To its visitors today, Buje offers a blend of gentle Mediterranean climate, regional cuisine, and a quiet setting away from the more touristic Istrian coastal resorts.


Neoclassical palace in Buje.
Church of Mother of Mercy in Buje.
Historical population
of Buje
1880 6,980—    
1890 7,578+8.6%
1900 8,311+9.7%
1910 8,682+4.5%
1921 8,989+3.5%
1931 8,601−4.3%
1948 8,013−6.8%
1953 5,763−28.1%
1961 5,344−7.3%
1971 4,376−18.1%
1981 4,957+13.3%
1991 5,421+9.4%
2001 5,340−1.5%
2011 5,182−3.0%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005

The population of the whole city of Buje (Grad Buje — Città di Buie) was 5,182 in March 2011.

  • The population of the settlement (naselje) of Buje proper was 2,671 in 2011, down from 3,001 in 2001[citation needed].
  • The population of the settlement (naselje) of Kaštel—Castelvenere, the second-largest in the city, was 643 in 2011.[2]



According to the 2011 census results, 58.39% of the town’s population had the Croatian language as their mother tongue, and 33.25% had the Italian language.[3]

Buje—Buie has a high number of Italians, and an Italian language school, the "Leonardo da Vinci". It was 50% Italian in 1991, when the town’s limits included Grožnjan—Grisignana.


  1. ^ "Statut Grada Buja" [Statute of the City of Buje] (PDF) (in Croatian). 2009. Article 2. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Buje". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Population by Mother Tongue, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Istria". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 

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